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Suggested Citation:"Acronyms." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 1993. Indoor Allergens: Assessing and Controlling Adverse Health Effects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2056.
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Acronyms


ABPA

allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

AAAI

American Academy of Allergy and Immunology

ACAI

American College of Allergy and Immunology

ACGIH

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists

AHU

air-handling unit

APC

antigen-presenting cell

ASHRAE

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers

ATSDR

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


BAL

bronchoalveolar lavage

BRI

building-related illness


CBER

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

CTL

cytolytic T lymphocytes


ELISA

enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay

EPA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


FDA

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FEF

forced expiratory flow

FEF25–75

forced expiratory flow between 25 and 75 percent of forced vital capacity

Suggested Citation:"Acronyms." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 1993. Indoor Allergens: Assessing and Controlling Adverse Health Effects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2056.
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FEV1

forced expiratory volume exhaled in 1 second

FVC

forced vital capacity


GM-CSF

granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor


HEPA filter

high-efficiency particulate arresting filter

HETES

hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids

HIV

human immunodeficiency virus

HMW

high molecular weight

HP

hypersensitivity pneumonitis

HVAC system

heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system


IFN

interferon

Ig

immunoglobulin

IgE

immunoglobulin E

IL-1

interleukin-1

IUIS

International Union of Immunologic Societies


kDa

kilodalton (molecular mass measure)


LMW

low molecular weight

LOAEL

lowest observed adverse effect level

LRSS

late respiratory systemic syndrome


MCS

multiple chemical sensitivity

MHC

major histocompatibility complex


NAAQS

National Ambient Air Quality Standards

NHLBI

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

NIAID

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

NIEHS

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

NIH

National Institutes of Health

NIOSH

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

NOAEL

no observed adverse effect level


OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OTA

Office of Technology Assessment

OTS

Office of Toxic Substances


PAF

platelet-activating factor

PDA

pulmonary disease anemia

PEL

permissible exposure limit

PG

prostaglandin

Suggested Citation:"Acronyms." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 1993. Indoor Allergens: Assessing and Controlling Adverse Health Effects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2056.
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PMN

polymorphonuclear leukocyte

ppb

parts per billion

ppm

parts per million


RAST

radioallergosorbent test


SBS

sick (or tight) building syndrome


TLV

threshold limit value

TMA

trimellitic anhydride

TM-HSA

trimellitic anhydride conjugated with human serum albumin


UF

uncertainty factor


WHO

World Health Organization

Suggested Citation:"Acronyms." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 1993. Indoor Allergens: Assessing and Controlling Adverse Health Effects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/2056.
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